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Israel warns of a 'new approach' in the path to peace in the Middle East

By Daily Mail Reporter
16th April 2009

Israel's foreign minister has given clear signals to the U.S. that their plans for peace with Palestinians will not include making concessions to create a new state.

Avigdor Lieberman told the U.S. Middle East envoy today that trade-offs had, in the past, caused wars and said Israel needed to find a 'new approach'.

But Barack Obama's envoy George Mitchell, speaking after the meeting with the Foreign Minister today, said the United States continued to support the idea of creating an independent Palestinian state. It has been the guiding principle of U.S.-backed peace efforts in recent years.

Israel's Avigdor Lieberman (left) shakes hands with U.S. envoy George Mitchell before their meeting

In a statement after the meeting, Liberman said: 'The historic approach has so far not brought any result or solution.'

He said they would need to find a 'new approach'.

He added: 'Past prime ministers were prepared to make wide-ranging concessions and the result of the Olmert-Livni government was the second Lebanon war, the operation in Gaza, severance of relations with Qatar and Mauritania, Gilad Schalit still in captivity and the peace process at a dead end.'

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